Brit European turn to Mercedes trucks as carbon reduction strategy kicks in
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 14:00
GOAL: 25% cut in CO2
Brit European are turning to Mercedes-Benz Trucks to help them cut emissions by at least 25% over the next five years.
The company, who are embarking on an ambitious, government-backed £1million carbon reduction programme, are now running their first fleets of fuel-efficient New Actros tractor units and dual-fuel trucks from Mercedes-Benz.
They are investing £5million this year with Mercedes on new trailers, with a similar outlay planned for 2014 and a further £3million earmarked for 2015.
This year’s arrivals, supplied by Stoke-on-Trent dealer Enza, include ten low frame-height New Actros 1842 LSnR Volumer models which are now operating from Zeebrugge.
Eighteen dual-fuel units from the current Actros range have just been re-assigned to their long-standing distribution contract with JCB, a company with similar CO2 reduction targets.
Graham Lackey, Managing Director at Brit European, said: “Mercedes-Benz trucks are reliable and efficient, while we also receive first-class back-up from the Mercedes-Benz dealer network, and particularly Enza.
“First impressions of the New Actros units based in Zeebrugge are entirely positive – it’s the best-looking truck on the road right now, driver feedback has been excellent and we’re very encouraged by the initial fuel returns which appear to be some six per cent of the existing fleet.
“These trucks do a mixture of long stem mileage and local ‘milk round’ operations, and the New Actros appears efficient in both cycles.
“We’re excited too, about the introduction of our dual-fuel Actros.
“Innovation and creativity are in the DNA of our company and the same is true of Mercedes-Benz.
“We believe carbon and cost reductions can go hand in hand and with the full support and drive of JCB, we’ve now set about proving it.”